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University of Kent

United Kingdom


Kent is pleased to welcome students from over 140 countries and it offers inspiring teaching, world-leading research, stunning study locations and a superb student experience.

Awarded Gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government's Teaching Excellence Framework*, Kent has a global reputation for excellence -ranked in the top 10% of the world's universities for international outlook in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 – and is a great choice for students keen to advance their career.

Kent offers a wide range of globally recognised foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and student can access exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities. A generous scholarship fund includes awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence as well as dedicated £8,000 scholarships for international students.

Kent is committed to helping you gain an advantage when the time comes to embark on a career. The University has a range of employment initiatives including internship opportunities, a careers and employability advisory service, Language Express and JobShop. And these initiatives work: more than 95% of Kent undergraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey, were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

The UK's European university, Kent has safe and beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Athens and Rome. Students can soak up the international atmosphere by taking part in Worldfest, Europe Day, Holi, Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year celebrations, or set up their own events.

With world-renowned alumni such as acclaimed novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature winner who studied BA English and Philosophy at Kent, students will be inspired to pursue and achieve their ambitions.

Having won the Outstanding Support for Students award for two consecutive years at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for its Student Success Project, Kent is delighted to be recognised as a brilliant UK university that helps students live, work and study to their full potential.

*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found in the website.

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What's new

What's new

The School of Psychology has become the first university to achieve accreditation for three of its student programmes from the Association for Business Psychology (ABP), under its 2020 standards.

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The University has been awarded a highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the work of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE).

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The School of Biosciences has been formally accredited across its full portfolio of undergraduate programmes. These accreditations were awarded from both the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

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Kent Students among 100 most influential people shaping British technology- James Jarvis, Raphaël Vigee, Filip Grębowski and Brychan Bennett-Odlum have been named in Business Insider's UK Tech 100 for their development of their own open-source web based player for Apple Music.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Inspirational teaching

Great teachers don't just teach, they inspire. Kent is renowned for a teaching style that brings subjects to life and encourages students to think independently.

Kent's academics have an outstanding ability to pass on their passion for study and debate. As some of the most influential thinkers in the world, they put students in touch with the latest ideas and ensure that they are intellectually challenged.

Teaching quality gold

The University's teaching has been given the highest award possible for quality in the UK. It was awarded a gold rating in the official Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), as awarded by the UK Government. The TEF assesses excellence in teaching and recognises excellent outcomes for graduate-level employment and/or further study after students have graduated. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For undergraduate applicants

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through UCAS Apply. International students can also apply through UCAS with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives.

Kent's dedicated international recruitment team can help students track their application and are a permanent point of contact for all student enquiries.

See Kent's undergraduate 'How to apply' page for more information.

For postgraduate applicants

Students can apply directly online for all of Kent's postgraduate courses.

See Kent's postgraduate 'How to apply' page for more information.

International students can check for country specific entry requirements here.

For foundation programme applicants

If your education or experience has not given you the qualifications, study skills or the English language ability that you need for undergraduate study, Kent offers two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of its undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year. See here for more details, including how to apply.

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Canterbury campus

The stunning Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of parkland overlooking Canterbury Cathedral, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Less than an hour by train from London and only 25 minutes' walk from Canterbury city centre, the campus has residential, teaching and administrative buildings surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods. There's even a duck pond!

The campus is self-contained and includes high-quality student accommodation, teaching facilities, a library, sports centre, theatre, music performance centre, nightclub, cinema, restaurants, bars, shops, a bookshop, medical centre, day nursery, public access computer rooms, a chapel, launderettes and bus stops.

Medway campus

Close to London, Kent's Medway campus reinvents a former naval base as a 21st-century study space, with exceptional facilities and support.

A lively atmosphere and a thriving close-knit campus community gives students plenty of opportunities to play sport, join a society, socialise or take up a new interest. There are music rehearsal rooms, digital filmmaking suites, an industry-standard newsroom, laboratories and post-production studios, all housed in a unique, historic setting.

The recently opened Student Hub is a fantastic place to relax with friends, grab a drink or snack and get on with work. The space is filled with social zones, study areas and a brand new bar.

The Medway campus has two sites, Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. It's just a ten-minute walk from one to the other, so it's easy to make the most of the facilities on each site.

European centres

The University also has specialist postgraduate centres in Paris, Brussels, Rome, and Athens. Many of Kent's programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications (international double awards) at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level, and you can study for a UK degree full-time in Brussels, Paris and Athens or for a term abroad in Rome and Paris.

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Kent Sport

With a dedicated sports development team, fully qualified health and fitness instructors and support staff, the University's Kent Sport department offers a wide range of services and caters for over 30 different activities, from racket sports to a casual workout. The department encourages everyone to keep fit and healthy and strives to create a relaxed atmosphere for people to train and enjoy themselves – whether they are a recreational user or a serious athlete intent on competing at a professional level. There are also generous sports scholarships available.

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Making Music

The University of Kent has a flourishing programme of music and students of all subjects, together with staff and the local community, have the opportunity to get involved in the wide-range of extra-curricular music activities.

As well as the many concerts in the Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, there are opportunities to perform in other venues, including the spectacular surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral and other historic and exciting spaces around the region.

If you sing or play an instrument you can join the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Concert and Big Bands and Chamber Choir which rehearse weekly for public concerts each term. Many other ensembles and bands are formed each year, and budding soloists and conductors also have a chance to develop their talents. The University also offers Music Performance Scholarships usually worth between £1,000 - £2,000. They are awarded each year to talented instrumentalists and singers studying for any degree at the University, together with £500 worth of instrumental or singing tuition with experienced teachers.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Kent has a generous scholarship fund to assist students at all levels of study including international student scholarships, sport, music and subject specific awards.

In addition to the scholarships open to all Kent students, awards specifically available to international students include:

  • International scholarships for undergraduate students

These scholarships provide students with £8000 towards the cost of tuition fees per year of study at the University of Kent, and are offered to nationals of any country paying overseas fees.

  • International scholarships for postgraduate scholarships
  • International Scholarships for Taught Masters Students

These scholarships are worth £8000 towards the cost of tuition fees for taught master's programmes and are offered to nationals of any country paying overseas fees.

British Council GREAT Scholarship:

Together with the British Council, Kent is offering 6 dedicated scholarships of £10,000 to Chinese, India, Malaysian, Thai and Turkish passport holders, available to applicants applying for a taught master's programme based at one of the University's UK campuses.

The Bestway Foundation Scholarship (for Pakistani students):

Together with The Bestway Foundation, Kent offers a number of scholarships to students from and domiciled in Pakistan, applying to postgraduate one year Master's programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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English score required:

Minimum IELTS Score

  • Undergraduate: 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in R&W 5.5 in S&L)
  • Postgraduate: 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in R&W 5.5 in S&L)

If you don't yet have this level of English and need to raise your English language skills, you can attend one of Kent's intensive pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes. Satisfactory achievement on one of these courses can be used to meet Kent's English language entry requirements in place of other external language examinations.

The University also offers an International Foundation Programme (IFP) for students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP gives you a year's preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto undergraduate degree study.

Key facts

  • Tuition fees for international students 2020/21*
  • Standard non-laboratory programmes £16,200
  • Standard lab-based or practical programmes £19,800
  • International Foundation Programme (IFP) £16,200

*Standard international fees for 2020/21 entry only, non-standard fees are listed on the website.

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The University of Kent is one of the country?s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. It is a forward-thinking research institution, committed to the transformative power of education and research and to the development and support of the students and staff. Kent is a favorite destination among international students for its globally recognized degrees, cosmopolitan environment and exciting work opportunities both during and after studies. It is consistently voted one of the top UK universities in international student satisfaction surveys, and international students point to the welcoming social environment as a highlight of their Kent experience.

Kent degrees are based on World Leading Research and are taught by leading academics in their fields. The university offers flexibility and choice throughout its programmes. It offers well-structured and ambitious undergraduate and postgraduate programmes informed by a proven commitment to research excellence. At every stage, students are supported with inspirational teaching and supervision, first-class library and IT facilities and a diverse schedule of seminars, workshops and events.

The University of Kent has two beautiful UK campuses close to London and four postgraduate centres in major cities across Europe.
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